Childhood Falls

Empowering every tumble and embracing every recovery.
Cotlew St. Osteopathy - your partner in childhood resilience.

Childhood is a time of boundless energy, exploration, and inevitably, a fair share of tumbles. While bumps and falls are inherent parts of growing up, they can sometimes leave a lasting impact on a child’s movement or wellbeing. At Cotlew St. Osteopathy we understand the concerns parents face when their child takes a fall.

Childhood falls are a common occurrence as children explore their surroundings and develop physical skills. Whether it’s a stumble when learning to walk or a minor incident during playtime, falls are a natural part of a child’s journey towards independence. Sometimes, the impact of these falls can extend beyond a few tears and grazed knees.

Osteopathy can offer a valuable role in treating childhood falls by addressing musculoskeletal imbalances and promoting healing.

How can Osteopathy help childhood falls?

Osteopathic practitioners start by taking a thorough case history and examination to understand the specific impact of the fall on the child’s body. This involves observing movements, checking for signs of misalignment, and identifying areas of tension.

If there is a misalignment in the muscles, ligaments and or bones, Osteopathic techniques will aim to correct these structures, promoting optimal function and reducing any restrictions in movement. Along with a release in tension, Osteopathy also aims to improve circulation in the area treated, which can reduce inflammation and facilitate the healing process.

Osteopathic practitioners such as Victoria from Cotlew St. Osteopathy, often provide guidance and education to parents on home exercises, stretches, and activities that can support the child’s recovery. This empowers parents to actively participate in their child’s well-being and promotes ongoing preventative measures.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Initial care at home may include cleaning and applying a mild antiseptic to any cuts or scrapes, using a cold compress to reduce swelling, and offering comfort and reassurance. If symptoms persist or worsen, seeking professional care is recommended. Signs of a more serious injury include severe pain, swelling, difficulty in moving a limb, changes in behaviour or loss of consciousness. Consulting with a medical practitioner is recommended in these instances.

It is advisable to seek osteopathic treatment promptly after a fall, especially if there’s concerns about pain, restricted movement or if the child appears distressed. Early intervention can support a smoother recovery.

Yes, it’s common for a child to be more cautious after a fall. Encouraging a positive and supportive environment can help them regain confidence in their physical abilities. If this turns into a fear that impacts some of their daily activities or they show signs of persistent distress, then consulting with a healthcare professional is advised.

Encouraging age-appropriate activities, creating a safe play environment, using safety equipment such as helmets, and supervising playtime can help balance the benefits of physical activity while minimising the risk of falls.

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At Cotlew St. Osteopathy, we believe every fall is an opportunity for growth and resilience.

Victoria aims to address the musculoskeletal issues that may arise from falls, ensuring your child continues to explore and embrace the world with confidence.

If your child has experienced a fall and your concerned about their wellbeing, schedule a consultation with Cotlew St. Osteopathy. Victoria is here to support your child’s recovery, helping them bounce back from every tumble with strength and vitality.